Category Archive: Projects

Feb 09 2016

Have your say on NHS Homeopathy funding in the Wirral

Last year, we challenged NHS Liverpool CCG over their decision to spend over £30,000 per year on homeopathic remedies. Given that homeopathy has proven to be nothing other than placebo, we argued that spending any money at all on this treatment was unjustifiable and possibly unlawful. We are expecting the results of the consultation soon, …

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Feb 01 2016

Good Thinking’s complaint against Peter Popoff infomercials upheld

Last year we reported on our lengthy investigation into Peter Popoff and his current business soliciting donations from members of the public via false promises of miraculous health and wealth. Part of our investigation involved complaints about the broadcasting of infomercials in which Mr Popoff advertises his ‘miracle water’, some of which are broadcast via …

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Jan 29 2016

Liverpool doctors offer support for our homeopathy campaign

Last year we began a successful challenge to NHS Liverpool CCG’s decision to continue funding homeopathy in spite of the conclusions own consultations, which strongly advised an end to the service. The re-consultation is currently drawing to a close, and we expect to hear more in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, we contacted a number of …

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Nov 13 2015

Good Thinking Society welcomes Department of Health consultation on ‘Blacklisting’ homeopathic treatments

Simon Singh and the Good Thinking Society have today welcomed the decision of the Department of Health to consult on adding homeopathic remedies to the NHS ‘Blacklist’. Following a proposed judicial review by the Good Thinking Society(1), the Department of Health have announced a consultation to consider including homeopathic products in Schedule 1 to the …

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Nov 11 2015

Help us identify NHS homeopathy spending in London

During the initial phases of our NHS homeopathy campaign, we reported on our investigation into where in the country homeopathy is available on the NHS. Our aim was to identify which regions had the highest  homeopathy spending so as to provide a focus for the first steps of our campaign, but our figures also revealed …

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Oct 26 2015

NHS Homeopathy spending around the UK

On Friday, the Scotsman included a feature on the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital – the NHS-funded homeopathy clinic based at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital. The newspaper highlighted that the 8,111 patients treated by the facility in 2014-15 represents a slight drop from the 8366 treated in 2013-14. This builds on a report in September in the same …

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Oct 11 2015

Should Homeopathic Remedies Be Blacklisted On The NHS?

Over the last eighteen months, our NHS homeopathy campaign has sought to identify and challenge NHS spending on homeopathic remedies. With limited resources available to the NHS, we feel it’s crucially important that patients have access to the best treatments, which means ensuring money is not wasted on treatments that are neither effective nor cost-effective. Given …

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Sep 24 2015

Good Thinking Investigates: Faith Healer Peter Popoff

Over the last six months, we have been investigating ‘faith healer’ Peter Popoff and his highly-lucrative current business of promising to heal sickness and cancel debts in exchange for ‘seed faith’, in other words: cash donations. In May of this year we attended Popoff’s event at The Troxy Theatre, London, to covertly record his miraculous claims and supposed acts …

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Sep 17 2015

General Osteopathic Council warns its registrants against unsubstantiated advertising claims

Back in April, with very little searching, our undercover investigator found four different osteopaths making unjustified claims regarding colic. The phone calls with each of the osteopaths can be heard by visiting the investigation page. We reported each of the osteopaths to the General Osteopathic Council, and urged the GOsC to act quickly in addressing …

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Sep 09 2015

2015 ESC Podcast: Episode #22 – Gustav Kuhn

This is the podcast of the 2015 European Skeptics Conference – the regular conference of The European Council of Skeptical Organisations, taking place in London on 11-13 September, 2015. Joining Marsh today is Gustav Kuhn, magician and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths in London. Tickets for the conference are available at: http://euroscepticscon.org/. Find out how …

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